Woman saves cat that was shot by arrow

Posted: Sunday, September 26, 2004

BRAINERD, Minn. Lucky couldn't be a more fitting name for this most fortunate cat.

The young female calico recovered at Lakeland Veterinary Hospital in Baxter after undergoing emergency surgery to remove a hunting arrow from its abdomen. Someone shot the cat with the arrow, likely in southeast Brainerd where the cat was found by Jenny Larson.

Larson, who just moved to Brainerd to attend Central Lakes College, was talking on the phone outside her home when she noticed a cat stumbling across busy Oak Street.

Cars were driving slowly around the cat. Larson ran down the street to find out what was wrong. She was horrified to discover there was an arrow sticking through its belly.

Larson has three cats herself and couldn't believe someone would do that to a cat.

"What kind of sick people would do something like that?"Larson said.

Craig Reiman, a veterinarian at Lakeland Veterinary Hospital, was on call when Larson brought the year-old cat into the vet hospital. The cat was in a great deal of pain so he gave it pain medication.

He and his staff took an X-ray of the injury, which was difficult to do because of the position of the arrow.

Larson had the option of putting the cat to sleep. The other option was to operate and see whether they could successfully remove the arrow. The cost would be around $1,000, they told her.

Larson decided to go ahead with the surgery and said she would bear full responsibility for it. The cat, she said, would become her own.

"Money's not the issue," said Larson. "She's meant to live for some reason so it'll happen. There's a reason she's alive."

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